Sipidan to close down 1/2005?, the first place to look for a dive instructor

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Posted by Dolphin Diver on May 20, 2004 at 10:26:40:

We are supposed to go to Sipidan next February for 10 days. I read this on the UW photo list this morning. Has any body herad of this? I think this means we can't dive at the island itself? Ken's email box is full.

Courtesy of "Ken Knezick" & the UW-Photo list:
> }
> } "We wish to inform you that the State Government has announced that
> } effective from 1st January 2005 all Sipadan operators have to move
> out from } the island. The Government will take steps to protect and
> conserve the } island of Sipadan. However the Government will allow
> day trippers to dive } around the island."
> While this makes visits there obviously less convenient, its my
> understanding that Sipadan was being "loved to death" through
> excessive development's human impact, so this is really good news in a
> way.

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